An Uplifting Experience

The summer fire season has started in Greece as unseasonably high temperatures and low humidity combined with strong winds to create ideal conditions for combustion. On Sunday gale force winds swept across the country, fanning several wildfires in Crete and other parts of Greece. There is one unhappy teenager who has just been charged with starting a brush fire with a firecracker which at one point threatened the Mount Parnitha National Park, an area that has been devastated by fire in the past. Here on Symi the local firefighters are on standby as is usually the case during the summer.

With many of Symi’s regular visitors currently on the island our office has been busy and it is good to see so many friendly faces returning year after year. It is not difficult to guess what they come back for. These photographs were taken from a new listing, Villa Iris, on Mavrovouni yesterday afternoon and show Symi’s amphitheatre harbour in all its architectural glory.  With views like this from the accommodation who could fail to find a visit to Symi an uplifting experience?
Have a good week.


Nina Ferrell  – (Thursday, June 18, 2009)  

Hi there - writing to you from Pretoria, SA -
I visited Greece ages ago when I was living in France and the urge has simply become too strong now - so I started looking at pics, drooling over the blue sea (I live, usually, just outside Simon's Town in Cape Town but as you know the sea there is so different. ) Then I found your blog and just wanted to say thank you - it helps for the longing.

Thank you

Nina Ferrell

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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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